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The Ride More Challenge
Navigate your way to a better, healthier, and cleaner environment
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Ride More Challenge for making this inaugural event a success! Over 1,000 King County employees participated in the Challenge by pledging to take five additional bike, bus, train, carpool, vanpool or water taxi rides (or trips on foot) during the month of August. A big thank you to the 38 employees who also sent in powerful testimonials and photos demonstrating how they were using the challenge to try new options for getting to work, running errands, going to community events and more! View a sampling of those photos and testimonials.
We hope you enjoyed participating and that you’ll keep on exercising your new active transportation habits all year long! Click to see the complete list of Prize Winners and Participation by Department, and employee testimonials.
Grand Prize Winner
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner of the $200 REI Gift card – Mary Crawford from Transit Human Resources – and to all of our final Ride More Challenge winners!
Mary Crawford and ETP Manager Hossein Barahimi
Mary's testimonial: "When there is an opportunity to challenge myself, I take it! When I initially signed up for the Seattle to Portland bike ride this year, I did not even own a bike. I purchased a bike and began riding in April 2014. King County’s 2014 Ride More Challenge motivated me to continue biking to work after relocating from Issaquah to Kent. Tackling a 43 mile roundtrip bike ride three times a week was initially grueling. However, my commute became more manageable with each ride. This process also motivated me to increase my community involvement. As a result, I started volunteering at Seward Park’s Bicycle Sundays and took pride in refitting children and adult bicycle helmets to increase bicycle safety. I am honored to be this year’s Ride More Challenge winner and look forward to continuing my bike commute throughout the month of September!"
Stay tuned for more information this fall regarding the annual Wheel Options challenge for your chance to win more great prizes for healthy commuting!
Bike Month a Success
Congratulations! Thank you for joining the Cascade Bicycle Club Commute Challenge during National Bike Month in May.
286 King County employees participated in the Cascade Bike to Work Challenge and rode an impressive 30,445.92 miles—and 34 county employees volunteered to be team captains!
Here are some highlights from Cascade Bicycle Club’s 2014 report of all participants:
- 14,567 registered participants
- 13,078 riders actively logging trips throughout the month
- 1,926 teams representing over 1,200 organizations
- 18% of participants new to commuting
- 14,580 counted Bike to Work Day Participants
And here are some cool facts:
- Offset 1,732,040 lbs of C02 emissions
- Burned 86 million calories
- Logged 1.7 million miles (Equivalent to taking 144 cars off the road for a year, or 1,700 cars off the road for a month)
King County’s Employee Transportation and Healthy Incentives programs thank you for participating in this year’s Commute Challenge. We hope that you continue commuting by bike to and from work.
ID/ORCA card holders are available
If you have any issues with your current ID/ORCA card holder or you need a new one, there are two ways to get one:
- Stop by to the ID & Access Control Office:
King County Admin Building
500 4th Avenue, Room 312
The office is open from 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
- Send us an email including your mail stop at ETP@kingcounty.gov and we will mail you a new Card Holder.
Idling = zero MPG
Waiting for more than 30 seconds? Turn off your engine to save gas, money, and the air we breathe.
Idling more than 30 seconds burns more fuel than turning off and restarting your engine.
Improve health—Exposure to vehicle exhaust increases asthma symptoms, respiratory problems, heart disease, and cancer risk.
Help the environment—Vehicle exhaust pollutes our air and hurts our climate by producing air-toxic and global-warming pollution.
It’s best for my car engine to warm up before driving.
False. Idling more than a few seconds is unnecessary, even on a cold morning. Just ease into your driving for the first few blocks of your trip until the engine is warm.
In terms of gas consumption and engine impact, it’s best to idle the engine rather than restart it.
False. In today’s vehicles, frequent restarting has little impact on engine components. Excessive idling can be hard on your engine as it isn’t working at peak operating temperature.
Tolling on SR-520 Bridge
All-electronic tolling on the State Route 520 Bridge started on December 29, 2011. With no tollbooths, drivers are able to travel across the bridge just like they did before tolling. As drivers pass through the tolling area at highway speeds, the system automatically reads their Good To Go! passes or license plates, and deducts the proper amount from their accounts. Those without passes are billed for their tolls by mail.Learn more»
Save time and money crossing the SR-520 bridge
Passengers—including King County employees—do not pay tolls when they ride a bus or vanpool across the SR-520 bridge. Metro and Sound Transit have added new bus trips and new incentives for carpools and vanpools in order to help people minimize the tolls they pay to get across Lake Washington. Learn more »
Alaskan Way Viaduct construction
Metro and your Employee Transportation Program can help you avoid SR-99 construction congestion.
Metro has added new bus trips, new incentives for carpools and vanpools and new help for people who want to work at home so you can minimize your encounters with construction congestion. King County Marine Division has added service to water taxi, which is available for all county employees to access with their ID/ORCA cards. Learn more »